The Walk Of Britain team enter the Midlands! - Six wounded veterans, 1,000 miles, 72 days!

This week (Tuesday 13th October) six veterans have entered the midlands, marking the beginning of Week Eight of their epic 1,000 mile, 72 day expedition from Scotland to London.  All six individuals have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty.  

Please can you help our wonderful Pride of Britain Winners - Walking With The Wounded. They will be setting off from Draycott this Saturday at 9.00am (17th October) as part of their 1000 mile Walk of Britain, which finishes at Buckingham Palace on November 1st. Their route this Saturday passes through Draycott, Breaston, Long Eaton, Toton, Chilwell, Attenborough, Beeston, Clifton, Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford and finally finishes at Morrisons, Gamston.

One of the six veterans doing the 1000 mile walk is from Draycott, his name is Stewart Hill. He suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst serving in Afghanistan. Members of Draycott village fund and various volunteers are trying really hard to give the team a wonderful send off this Saturday. The main road and side streets are already  lined with Union Jacks. On the day we are expecting two bands, a choir, a piper, a scooter club & biker club salute & send off. The Mayor of Erewash has also arranged to come and meet the team to show her support. Also the Draycott village fund has arranged for 500 small flags to be handed out on the day, so lots of cheering and flag waving and a great send off.

Draycott are already doing a great job in supporting this event, however it would be fantastic if we could get support for the team throughout the whole day as they pass through various villages, towns and Nottingham City Centre on the way to Gamston. It would be wonderful if we could get people standing at the side of the roads to show their support. Please can you help with any reporting, publicity and promotions.

A couple of my friends and I are walking with them that day to show our support and appreciation of their wonderful efforts.

The core team consists of:

  • Stewart Hill suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on 4th July 2009 whilst commanding B Company, 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan which has resulted in brain impairments within his executive function brain area, chronic fatigue, memory problems, severe and persistent tinnitus and bilateral hearing loss.
  • Matt Fisher sustained a gunshot wound to his left foot on Boxing Day 2009 in Afghanistan which resulted in subsequent elective left leg amputation 12 months later
  • Alec Robotham suffered severe right leg trauma as a result of shrapnel damage from a suicide bomb incident whilst on operation in the Helmand district of Afghanistan in 2010.  He also suffered puncture wounds in his right leg, right arm, secured hearing damage and a left foot drop (metal plate was then inserted).
  • Scott Ransley is blind in his right eye as a result of an IED blast whilst clearing an IED factory
  • Kirstie Ennis suffered full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, a traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage
  • Andrew Bement suffers from PSTD with depression and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting in diminished executive functioning.

The team hope that as they travel through the country, people will turn out and support them, and everyone will get behind them as they head towards their goal.
Please do follow our Walk Of Britain expedition and help us to spread the word, raising awareness of and funds for our wounded:  http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/walkofbritain2015/  #WalkOfBritain @supportthewalk.

About Walking With The Wounded - Walking With The Wounded is a charity established to support the employment aspirations and vocational outcomes of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, those who have been physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged by their service.

WWTW recognises the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to compliment these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace.  We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military.  This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.

Fairgrounds Of The Past

Erewash Museum is stepping back in time on Saturday 24 October with the sights and sounds of fairgrounds of the past.
 
Fairground enthusiasts and visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see and hear an original street organ in the museum grounds and the Fairground Association of Great Britain will be bringing their fairground model display.
 
Enter into the spirit of Ilkeston Charter Fair by joining in with a taste of how fairs used to be in the past - the free fairground fun starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“This event is always popular with families and enthusiasts and is a great way to discover more about the history of fairgrounds and gain a real sense of the past, so go along and take a step back in time.”
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more information contact the Museum on 0115 907 1141 

Sparkling Medal Success For Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.
 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 September) during the awards ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Club.
 
Impressed Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“It’s been a sensational summertime of colour in both our towns and now Erewash can celebrate once more as our medal winning record in this prestigious competition continues.
 
“We know young and old enjoy, in particular, our baskets and floral planting that bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feelgood factor. 
 
“There is so much to be proud of in this wonderful borough – the magnificent flowers and planting schemes, our beautiful and much-loved parks, our allotments and the many residents, schools and businesses that take part to help us in this annual competition because they also care greatly about the appearance of their town.
 
“This week’s Bloom success is another good news milestone and thanks go to all those involved, from the council’s own parks teams through to the many residents, schoolchildren and local support groups who work with us. Let’s celebrate!”
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Draycott and Little Eaton both winning Silver Gilt in the Small Town category.
 

Tour Of Britain 

Details of the Aviva Tour of Britain route through Erewash on stage six of this year’s race have been confirmed – and it includes an exciting sprint section in the borough.
 
Some of the world’s top cyclists will be taking part in the internationally-renowned Tour and will race into the borough on Friday 11 September during the 189km stage from Stoke through to Nottingham.
 
The riders are expected to reach Erewash early afternoon along the A609 into Stanley Common, with the lead car due to arrive around 2.35pm and the main pack around 2.50pm 
 
The race will continue through West Hallam with the thrilling sprint section taking place on the A609 High Lane East alongside Straw’s Bridge Nature Reserve. Organisers expect a big-turnout at this site to watch the sprint finish and spectators are being advised to be in place by 1.15pm to have a chance to see and cheer on the riders as they sprint through.
 
Supporters can also see the riders as they continue along Derby Road to the White Lion Square roundabout and then speed out of the borough on the A609 Nottingham Road to their final destination at Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground.
 
Students from the Kirk Hallam Community Academy have already pledged to cheer on the world famous cyclists when they pass the academy on High Lane East / Derby Road during the sprint section of the race.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“We are very honoured to have the Tour of Britain passing through our borough and we want to ensure that we give the world’s best riders a very warm Erewash welcome. Let’s go cycle crazy and turn out in force to cheer on the world’s most famous cyclists – and we would also encourage supporters to organise a celebration event for the occasion.”
 
Anyone organising a local event in support of the Tour can contact the council’s Sport and Leisure team - organisers should email details of their local event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and can request flags to help cheer on the tour’s cycling superstars. 
 
For all the latest details of the timings and the route of the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Enterprise Agency Erewash Partnership Will Hold Its Third Annual Heritage And Classic Vehicle Show On Sunday 16 August Bringing The Sights And Sounds From Yesteryear To Ilkeston's Historic Market Place

So far more than 150 vehicles have been registered from across the Midlands to enter the free show, which has been a popular draw for family members of all ages over the last two years.
 
But the Partnership is expecting the number of entrants to reach around 200 to make it bigger than its predecessors.
 
As with last year the oldest exhibit booked in so far is a 1924 Model T Ford. Others include a 1958 Alvis Saladin armoured car and a 1954 Shelvoke & Drewry lorry formerly used by Mansfield Corporation which will make its first public outing in six years.
 
Nottingham Area Bus Society will bring old Barton, Trent and Midland General buses that ran services from the Market Place in years gone by.
 
Colson Transport, of Heanor, will show off a lorry which competes in truck races.
 
Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks Toyota is again awarding the prize for car of the show.
 
New sponsors include Trentbarton (prize for best bus) Larklands Body and Paint (best paint), and Long Eaton educational equipment manufacturer TecQuipment giving a perpetual trophy they have designed and made for the best historic sports car.
 
Ilkeston MOT firm G & VA Pitts sponsor the prize for best commercial vehicle, and the Mayor's Award will be presented by the Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson.
 
Other main sponsors and supporters include Erewash Borough Council and insurance firm Routen Chaplin.
 
While older folk may be wallowing in nostalgia there will be attractions for youngsters. Following their success last year characters from Star Wars in the form of the 501st Legion UK Garrison will be taking the area by storm, the Bat-Pod will be on display and even mystery man The UKG Stig will put in an appearance.
 
There will a craft fair, models and retro gifts. Ilkeston Brass will be performing, and local station Erewash Sound also entertaining. There will be refreshments in the form of barbecue, a hog roast, and a cakes from Staceys Bakery.
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles: “We have had great support for sponsors and others and intend to put on a super show with something for all the family to enjoy.”
 
The event takes place between 10am-4pm.
 
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday 16 August.